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MSO looks to score unity with ‘Rebirth of the Dream’


mso 600When cacophonic harmonies and tragic memories dance together in Memphis, they create the stage of epic proportion.

On May 16th, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will celebrate one of the world's greatest revolutionaries with melodic strands of harmony. "Rebirth of the Dream" was inspired by the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The MSO is out to use the power of music to revitalize the history, pains and victories surrounding Dr. King. The ultimate goal is to unite individuals and communities.

 

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NBMBAA symposium proves valuable for professionals out to recalibrate their reality

syposium 600Marissa Rogers, an auditor for International Paper, is not a member of the National Black Master of Business Administration Association (NBMBAA). Her attendance Thursday at the association's regional symposium was an instance of trusting her ability to discern where she needed to be.

"A friend emailed me the advertisement for this event and the mention of recalibrating your life looked interesting," said Rogers. "I'm taking what I learn from today, apply it, and look forward to where it takes me in the future."

Nearly 100 participants chose to be at the NBMBAA® Southeast Regional Symposium held at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the campus of the University of Memphis. The theme was 'The Art of Leadership – Recalibrate Your Reality: Practical Steps from the NBMBAA."

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Who cares if Al Sharpton was an FBI informant 30 years ago?

aboutal 600Like many people living in New York, I saw the Rev. Al Sharpton's face plastered over copies of the New York Post and the New York Daily News, roasting him for being a "rat" and a "mob snitch." Apparently, Sharpton served a role as an FBI informant against mob bosses in the 1980s. That was around the time I was either wearing diapers or serving as nothing more than a figment of my mother's imagination.

In response to the reports, Sharpton hastily organized a press conference at the National Action Network's headquarters in Harlem to address the reports. Sharpton, very much a black preacher, cleverly refuted the stories by noting, "Rats are usually people that were with other rats. I was not and am not a rat, because I wasn't with the rats. I'm a cat. I chase rats."

Let me repeat that for the folks in the back pews. Reverend Sharpton isn't Master Splinter, he's Heathcliff, ya dig? Can I get an amen?

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Jimmy Carter: ‘Race’ motivates white men to vote Republican

carter 600Former president Jimmy Carter is never shy about speaking his mind on modern politics.

And in a no holds barred interview with Salon, the "Man from Plains" spoke plainly about why a generation of white men have solidly embraced the Republican Party in multiple elections.

"It's race. That's been prevalent in the South.... Ever since Nixon ran — and ever since Johnson didn't campaign in the deep South, the Republicans have solidified their hold there," he said.

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Marlon Wayans talks ‘White Chicks 2,’ defends Nick Cannon in whiteface controversy

marlonwayans 600Marlon Wayans is headed back to the big screen writing, producing and starring in "A Haunted House 2."

In an interview with theGrio's Chris Witherspoon, Wayans opened up about his new film, which hits theaters April 18, and also discussed his plan to do a sequel to 2004's "White Chicks."

The "In Living Color" star revealed who he believes is preventing "White Chicks 2" from getting made.

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